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ACOUSTIC CLOUD 

2010

wood, acoustic foam, duct tape, ropes.

 

Like film, architecture has frequencies, rhythms, drama. This project started as an impossible contract within the street, our given space, the affordable solutions to avoid the outer noise and the necessity of appropriation of that space, between all kinds of fluctuant forces... While the first face that negotiated between inside and outside through removable acoustic panels was done but the inner acoustic had still to be solved, the cloud project started to exist as the quasi minimal solution out of remains of materials initially designated to close the windows. At this point the illusionary aspect of this project took also certain relevance: by not seeing the street, when the panels are fixed, we don’t “see the sound” and ...also by seeing the floating surface we could perceive a similar phenomena... 
The Acoustic Cloud somehow relates to a structure of “chaos” that within its articulated surface unfolds to create a dynamic spatial expression, while it still encloses space within the space. 
Due to the high technological material of the inner surface and the expansions and compressions intervals in its spatial configuration this cloud may contribute to improve the acoustic performance of the “clouded” area. The whole process of the cloud included many geometrical models based in equilateral triangles dealing with digital and analogue techniques that made out of the final product an other model in scale 1:1 that still keeps the spirit of a “model”. It is one frozen moment of its multiple variations that captured the interaction at the very moment of hanging it, this frozen moment could be another one at anytime by pulling the ropes. 
The open possibilities of this structure are material for further explorations and experiments considering subdivisions, and subdivisions from subdivisions, which could lead us into fractal landscape configurations, elastic interfaces, material or immaterial issues swelling at the borders of the disciplines.

For the Art & Science department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna